02 Oct

Beautiful, Broken City | Adrienne Minor

I moved to New York eight weeks ago. As a newcomer, I’m observing, learning, adjusting. Each experience is shaping my view of the city and teaching me about my new home. Some have brought joy to my heart, while others have left me disheartened. There was the beautiful moment the first time I took the Q train from Brooklyn to Manhattan when I discovered the...

14 Sep

Standing Firm | Lauren Schroeder

One of my least favorite but well-intentioned Christian phrases is “to let go and let God.” I can remember a time when I was going through a particularly rough season of depression and a friend pulled me aside and gave me that advice. Her words stung. She meant well and was eager to see me feeling better but what she didn’t realize was how confused...

01 Sep

Facing What Surfaces When You Move to The City| David Robbins

Every Saturday morning I am reminded of the reality that I am not a native New Yorker.  It’s an experience I strangely look forward to and want to escape all at the same time.  You see, on Saturday mornings at my son’s little league baseball games on an astroturf field on the Upper Eastside, I get a vivid window into one segment of true New...

25 Aug

Success Is What You Make of It | Jena Viviano

"Success is what you make of it."  I penned these words for my high school graduation ceremony, not realizing they would be a helpful reminder for years to come.  I remember wanting to inspire my fellow classmates to work hard, but not to get caught up in everyone else's idea of success.  Somewhere along the way, though, I failed to take my own advice.  Somewhere...

18 Aug

3 Lessons Learned from Life Together | Elise Graham

For me, one of the best and worst parts of living in New York is taking public transportation…everywhere. But, now one of my favorite things about my routine is (surprisingly) my commute. I’m able to devote an exponentially larger amount of time to reading and writing -- I’m even typing some of this on my way home from work. One of my favorite recent train...

10 Aug

My Reflections On The Anniversary of #Ferguson: 3 Ways You Can Respond | Rasool Berry

Rasool Berry is a speaker who loves teaching spiritual truths from the Scriptures. Rasool is a cultural observer and catalyst for change for this generation. He also leads teams of artists and helps them use creativity to bring to life the universal truths of creation, fall, redemption and restoration. Rasool has been on staff with Cru for 14 years where he currently serves as a communications...

06 Aug

When you can’t get it together | Carrie Walker

The 7 train was taking forever! Every fiber of my being wanted to blame the MTA for my anticipated tardy church entrance. Blaming the MTA created a temporary shield from the pummeling of myself for never “getting it together.” I have operated with 24 hour a day cycles for 48 years now. How can I not seem to manage my time? The internal murmurings of...

28 Jul

5 Ways I’m Processing the Ethnic Diversity Conversation | Adam Go

Cru15, a national conference for all Cru ministries in the U.S. and its partners, took place last week in Ft. Collins, Colorado. As about 5,000 gathered for a week, one of the priorities discussed at length was engaging in power and privilege as it relates to becoming more ethnically diverse. Some highlights on the topic from Cru15 worth checking out during a subway commute are: Dr. John Perkins, Andy Crouch, and Christena Cleveland to name...

17 Jul

The Art of Neighboring: Better Together | David Robbins

If you’re like me, you are pretty clueless when it comes to classical music. Some of you are more cultured and have probably heard of Eric Whitacre. He is a world famous classical composer. A few years ago Whitacre decided to conduct a fun little experience. He wrote a song, posted the sheet music on his blog, and invited people around the world to sing...

17 Jul

Cru15 Thought Leader: Andy Crouch

Cru15, a national conference for all Cru ministries in the U.S., is taking place this week in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Enjoy a post on faith and calling from one of our Cru15 Thought Leaders, Andy Crouch. You can also check out the webcast over the next week at -- If you’re a Christian, you don’t have “a calling.” You have three. Two of the...

07 Jul

Engaging a Secular World | David Robbins

Excerpts inspired and taken from James K.A. Smith’s How (Not) to be Secular Perhaps you’re an Ivy League graduate who moved to Brooklyn. Maybe you’re a transplant from Georgia or Grand Rapids or some other “religious” region of the country, who came to NYC excited about the challenge to live out and express the gospel in one of the many so-called “godless” urban regions of...

23 Jun

The Art of Neighboring: Just Start Somewhere

This series is adapted and inspired by Pathak & Runyon’s The Art of Neighboring. When it comes to loving the people God has placed in your life well, we all assume someone else is the expert. But the reality is that when it comes to loving our neighbors, every situation is different. Every neighbor is different, and every person who is trying to love others...

16 Jun

The Art of Neighboring: Motives Matter

This series is adapted and inspired by Pathak & Runyon’s The Art of Neighboring. Many Christians have been taught by well-meaning people that they should do nice things solely for an opportunity to have a spiritual conversation. Sometimes, and all too often, we become “friends” with people only to share spiritual truths with them. But we are called to love people — period. Whether someone...

09 Jun

The Art of Neighboring: Small Things Matter | David Robbins

In this series, excerpts are taken and inspired from Pathak & Runyon’s book The Art of Neighboring. When Jesus said that all the commandments can be summed up in loving God and loving our neighbors, he was on to something. God invites us to love the way he loves. What would happen if we all just did what Jesus said to do? Anyone can be...

01 Jun

Why Christ Is Our Bridegroom | Lauren Schroeder

I’ve always been a take-me-or-leave-me kind of girl. I wouldn’t change for a man and I defied any man who would try and make me change. But over the last few weeks, I finally felt the pressure to better myself for a man and the reason was somewhat surprising: I got engaged. Doesn’t that seem illogical? That after someone got to know me, chose me...

26 May

Being a Self-Differentiated Leader | Carrie Louer

Two years ago at this time, I was smack in the middle of working on my final project for a master’s degree. The topic: Raising Up Leaders in the Millennial Generation for the Shalom (holistic well-being) of the City. Can we not say there is a vacuum of strong leaders in our culture? I believe what I wrote two years ago more than ever. Here’s an excerpt:...